It has been unusually warm these last several weeks and as any boater will tell you, that means an early start to boating season!
When Stephanie and I decided to take this big adventure, we agreed that she would be in charge of navigation and this past weekend she successfully completed a course in basic Navigation at the Annapolis School of Seamanship! While she was in class I worked on getting our Floating Home ready for us to move aboard. To make room for my desk we’re putting the two chairs and small end table that were on the port side of the salon into storage.
We’re planning to have a bon voyage party for some family and friends before we ‘cast off’ and head to New England for the summer. An important part of that celebration will be the official renaming of the boat ceremony. While the weather was warm we were able to remove the old name fairly easily.
I’ve done some research and renaming a boat is not something to be taken lightly. Since the beginning of time, sailors have sworn that there are unlucky ships and the unluckiest ships of all are those who have defied the gods and changed their names. We plan to follow the rules and traditions of renaming a vessel very carefully!
We’re planning to leave our farm cottage and move on to Our Floating Home in early April and get used to living aboard for a few weeks before casting off by the end of the month.